Child Survival Education
Because children have fears, which can be more intense than those of an adult, they are discussed by the instructor during the Child Survival lecture. The following words are addressed to the students, and elaborated.
Talking about FEELINGS, and knowing how to deal with them, is very important.
Nobody likes being scared or frightened.
Help yourself keep calm by singing, whistling or even telling yourself jokes or stories. Do anything it takes to make yourself feel better. Try using your imagination to pretend you are somewhere else that you really enjoy.
You usually do not have to worry about wild animals. They do not like to be near people. If they hear or smell you, they will usually run away.
A good rule is 'Answer a Noise with a Noise'. If you hear a noise in the woods, make a noise back. If it is an animal it will run away, if it is a searcher then you will be found.
The fear of dark can be easily overcome by memorizing your surroundings during daylight so that you can see with your memory when it gets dark. Nothing changes just because it gets dark. Try practicing in your bedroom.
There is no punishment for being lost and yet children have been known to hide or run away from searchers in fear of punishment. Children should not have any fear of returning home. Mom and Dad, or whoever is looking after you are going to be very happy to see you again. There will be NO punishment.
There are Friendly strangers who will help you when needed. Some of these are police officers, fire fighters, ambulance personnel and Search and Rescue teams. Generally, these Friendly strangers always work in groups.
Make an Emergency Survival Kit (and practice using it):
Nobody ever expects to get lost, but it happens. Hopefully, this information will insure a safe return of your child should this misfortune ever occur.
The Rules are presented in a way which children can understand.
The Child Survival - Lost in the Woods training is offered to your group by the U.S. SAR Task Force in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
For further information on this intensive and much needed training, please contact our headquarters at: 215-922-7225 or forward an e-mail to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org